The NHL still hasn't figured out how to pay goaltenders – TSN

Entering the 2018-19 NHL season, the three goaltenders carrying the largest cap hits are Carey Price, Henrik Lundqvist and Sergei Bobrovsky.

All three are in unique spots. Carey Price ($10.5 million cap hit) is a 30-year-old goaltender coming off of his worst professional season. Behind a leaky Montreal team, Price managed just a 90.0 save percentage in 2017-18. That ranked him 47th league-wide, trailing names like Ottawa’s Mike Condon and Vancouver’s Anders Nilsson.

Henrik Lundqvist ($8.5 million cap hit) stopped 91.5 per cent of shots – right around league average, and indiscernible from the likes of teammates Alexandar Georgiev and Ondrej Pavelec over their 29 combined appearances in 2017-18.

Sergei Bobrovsky ($7.4 million cap hit), meanwhile, put together another fantastic season for Columbus. His 92.1 per cent stop rate was one of the highest in the league and earned him some distant Vezina Trophy consideration.

Three highly paid goalies, three incredibly different situations. It’s what makes the goaltending position so materially different from any other skating group. There’s no doubt these are three of the more talented netminders in the league but if you looked strictly at their performance last year, you’d raise an eyebrow or two.

The goaltending pay issue has beleaguered NHL front offices for years. Decision makers who pay for performance for forwards and defencemen don’t see the same degree of volatility, perhaps in large part because the statistical measures we have available for those players are more reliable and indicative of a player’s talent.

For goaltenders, it’s quite a different story. There is almost no correlation between a player’s cap hit and the rate at

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